Night ascent to Psiloritis - Rethymno


Watch the dawn from Crete's highest peak and experience everyday life at a shepherd's hut.

  • Sunrise on top of Crete
  • Wild camp next to a pilgrimage point
  • Hands-on experience at a shepherd’s hut
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This is a hike that has been made frequently since ancient times by pilgrims bringing offerings to the sanctuary of the peak next to the stone chapel. Today, hundreds of faithful continue to bring their offerings in preparation for the local festival every September.

We will camp at the summit next to the Timios Stavros stone-built church to watch the sunrise, have coffee or mountain tea and breakfast, before we begin the descent. You can expect to return at Lakko Mygerou around noon depending on the group's pace as the descent is more challenging.

Following that, we will visit the shepherd's hut for lunch and a practical workshop such as cheesemaking.

The shepherd's hut

A unique place within the Psiloritis UNESCO Geopark where various seasonal workshops and activities are offered for visitors to participate while in Crete, such as learning how to grow vegetables, cooking Cretan cuisine, and shearing sheep. In the autumn, visitors can also attend entertaining events at a tsikoudia distillery. Additionally, there are opportunities year-round to observe the production of famous Cretan cheeses like graviera, mizithra, and anthotyro.

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What's Included


  • English / Italian speaking Trekking Hellas Guide
  • First aid kit
  • UHF/VHF Radio Communication
  • Photo service
  • Transportation from Rethymnon Marina
  • Breakfast
  • Liability insurance
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Additional Information


ALTITUDE: 2.456 m

ASCEND: 879 m

Participation requirements

  • Ages between 12 - 60 years old
  • Good physical condition
  • Lack of acrophobia
  • Lack of high altitude


  • Obligatory light hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Second pair of socks
  • Second pair of shoes that will get wet
  • Energy snack
  • Towel
  • Small backpack
  • Comfortable clothes (preferably quick-drying material: cotton or polycotton not denim) 3 Layers
  • Waterproof jacket/membrane (for the rainy days)
  • Hat or beanie
  • Sunglasses, sunblock
  • Your own personal water bottle (min 2lt). As part of our environmental policy and actions, we are committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles.
  • Hiking poles (optional)
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